Most genealogists assume that, if they don’t live in the area that their ancestors did, their local public library will be of little use to their research. Like many assumptions, this one is flawed since local libraries contain a wealth of resources that can be invaluable to family historians. Local libraries often subscribe to databases not available or too pricey for individuals, teach classes on using various types of software, sponsor one-on-one help for genealogists and, of course, contain helpful books and periodicals. The majority of these resources are not specific to the local area and are underutilized by genealogists. This presentation will focus primarily on the genealogical resources available either locally or through library services such as Prospector.
Speaker: Carol is an avid genealogist whose love for genealogy is a natural outgrowth of her background in English and history. She has served in various capacities, including vice president and recording secretary, for several Colorado genealogical societies. In addition to researching her own family, Carol presently volunteers as the researcher for Larimer County Genealogical Society to help out-of-area researchers access local records. As a former public school teacher, Carol enjoys giving presentations on various aspects of genealogical research and sharing her love for genealogy by teaching Introductory and Intermediate Genealogy classes for LCGS. Her current favorite genealogical activity is serving on the LCGS Conference for a Cause Committee which brings nationally known genealogical speakers to Larimer County for our annual seminar and donates the proceeds to worthy genealogical projects.
A longtime member of the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado, Carol is presently researching her Swedish ancestry, focusing recently on her links to nobility, including one who was beheaded for murder!